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September 20, 2018
The 2018 Michigan apple harvest is well-underway, with quantity and quality of most varieties looking positive. The Gala harvest is complete in most areas, with Honeycrisp at about the halfway point and early Fuji’s are just starting to get picked. Excess moisture from seasonal rainfall has resulted in cracking in some of the Gala crop. Overall, quality and size are excellent.
October 10, 2018
In what could be billed as the worst-kept secret, in farm country at least, President Trump reportedly confided to Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley in a White House meeting this morning, prior to departing for a campaign visit to Iowa, his intention to formally instruct the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to allow year-round sales of gasoline blends with up to 15 percent ethanol, rather than limit the blend rate to the current 10 percent.
October 2, 2018
The fall colors in Michigan are reason to celebrate. But there are other rites of the season, too. It’s time, once again, to begin getting your house ready for the onset of cooler Michigan weather.
October 1, 2018
Following a weekend marathon bargaining session between U.S. and Canadian trade negotiators, officials announced that Canada has agreed to terminate its controversial Class-7 dairy pricing program just hours before a deadline that will allow the final trade deal to be approved by Mexico’s outgoing President, Enrique Peña Nieto.
September 26, 2018
MDARD figures show only 1,315 permitted Grade-A dairy farms as of Sept. 19 this year, nearly a 10 percent decline compared to Sept. 29, 2017